Global COVID-19 Cases Now Over 195m as Deaths Near 4.2m

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The novel coronavirus has killed at least 4,179,675 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Wednesday.

At least 195,244,860 cases of coronavirus have been registered.

The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

The figures are based on daily reports provided by health authorities in each country. They exclude revisions made by other statistical organisations, which show that the number of deaths is much higher.

The World Health Organization estimates that the pandemic’s overall toll could be two to three times higher than official records, due to the excess mortality that is directly and indirectly linked to COVID-19.

A large number of the less severe or asymptomatic cases also remain undetected, despite intensified testing in many countries.

On Tuesday, 9,632 new deaths and 617,588 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the highest figures for new deaths were Indonesia with 2,069 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 1,333 and Russia with 798.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 611,288 deaths from 34,604,005 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 551,835 deaths from 19,749,073 cases, India with 422,022 deaths from 31,484,605 cases, Mexico with 239,079 deaths from 2,771,846 cases, and Peru with 196,058 deaths from 2,106,371 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 595 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary with 311, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 295, the Czech Republic with 284, and the Republic of North Macedonia with 264.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 1,362,970 deaths from 40,414,440 cases, Europe 1,197,706 deaths from 57,835,508 infections, and Asia 654,883 deaths from 44,050,491 cases.

The United States And Canada has reported 637,848 deaths from 36,031,922 cases, Africa 166,147 deaths from 6,537,589 cases, Middle East 158,777 deaths from 10,296,312 cases, and Oceania 1,344 deaths from 78,602 cases.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

(AFP)

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